There are some record breaker blockbusters out there with some hot shot directors, but not all movies made with big budgets earn the returns they hope for. This list celebrates some of the highest-grossing films while paying homage to those low-budget unexpected success stories.
10. The Sound of Music, 1965
This wartime story of Maria is a tale known and beloved the world over. The film was made with a budget of $8.2 million and grossed $286.2 million at the box office in its year of release. It went on to receive five Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. The movie was originally limited in its release and received mixed reviews, but quickly went on to commercial success, surpassing the gross earnings of the record holding Gone with the Wind. The Sound of Music held the title of highest-grossing film for five years. Including inflation, the film has grossed approximately $2.3 billion making it one of the highest-grossing films of all time.